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The Dos and Don'ts of Cheat Meals

 

 

I have something to admit, err...share with you. My sweet tooth is pretty sweet, and there's no way in the world I would be able to live without it. 

 

 

Even as a registered dietitian, I love treating myself to pizza, ice cream, and candy on occasion. 

 

Are cheat meals healthy? Find out the food rules you should follow.

 

So while I'm not a fan of the term "cheat meal," I also wholeheartedly believe there's no shame (or harm) in indulging occasionally! But one indulgence can easily turn into an entire day—or week—of overdoing it. I know a few simple tricks that will help you satisfy ice cream cravings and the like without sabotaging your health.

  

The Dos and Don't of Cheat Meals

  

Is it possible to satisfy your pizza and ice cream cravings without harming your health? Yes! I share my tips for indulging without shame in this NBCNews.com post.

   

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I don't feel guilty after I eat these foods because I know they're a completely normal part of living. If you're currently setting aside a “cheat day” for eating the indulgent foods you love, you may want to consider switching up your strategy—and your mindset. I use a few simple strategies, like adding in more physical activity, to stay healthy while indulging without any guilt!  

 

What RDs Really Think About Cheat Days

  

 

Pizza, licorice, and hearty French toast are some of my favorite foods, but I'm not cheating when I eat them. Learn how I satisfy cravings guilt-free in this Protein-Rich French Toast!) Thinking about cutting out processed foods? This advice might change your mind!

 


Are cheat meals healthy? Find out the food rules you should follow.

 

Amy's Recipe of the Week: Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip

  

Want everyone to devour your veggie platter? Include a simple Greek yogurt dip with zippy Southwest flavors! 

  

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Are cheat meals healthy? Find out the food rules you should follow.